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Strategies that SA Health will undertake in response to the future health service needs of veterans and their families
The purpose of the Framework for Veterans’ Health Care 2016-2020 (PDF 1MB) is to set the strategic direction for the provision of veterans’ health care in South Australia. The framework informs us of the health needs of veterans so that we can develop a shared understanding of how we will work together to improve the quality of care for veterans.
The previous Framework for Veterans’ Health Care 2012-2016 and the Veterans’ Service Guarantee were developed within a context of different priorities, infrastructure and understanding of veteran healthcare needs. These documents are being updated and expanded to reach beyond the grounds of Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park to all veterans in South Australia, regardless of locality.
The framework incorporates within it a Guarantee for all veterans that will apply across the entire SA Health system. The Guarantee sets the high level principles to create a minimum standard of quality health care for veterans.
The Guarantee for all Veterans includes:
The framework encourages all partners in veterans’ health care to work together to help shape the future for veterans’ health in South Australia. While the framework is principally a SA Health document, it is written to inspire all partners in veterans’ health care to take action and be held accountable to the minimum standard set out by the Guarantee.
This framework is the result of close collaboration between Veterans’ Health Advisory Council (VHAC) and SA Health as well as consultation with veterans and the veteran community in South Australia. A five year timeframe has been chosen for the framework to acknowledge the many changes underway in the health system and lay the foundations for a new system of health care for veterans. The VHAC will monitor implementation of the framework.